RACISM, SELF-ESTEEM AND VIOLENCE IN SA: Gaps in the NCPS’ explanation?

  • David Bruce Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Keywords: violence, South Africa, race, crime, racism, status

Abstract

Ten years after the launch of the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), South Africa is still bedevilled by high levels of violence. Given this situation, it is worth reflecting on the NCPS’ analysis of the causes of crime and violence. In particular it seems the Strategy may have failed to recognise the important role that internalised racism, and related low self-esteem and concerns about status, would play in contributing to violence. These issues are discussed here in relation to the high level of interpersonal assaults in South Africa.

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Published
2006-03-08
Section
Research articles